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SYWoC UL Blog: Day One
Conor Martin of the University of Limerick blogs from Marseille: After long hours of travelling we are finally in Marseille. On Saturday, the draw for the boats and practice race went ahead before the start of the tournament on Sunday.…
Big Winds in Cork Harbour
Blustery conditions swept a combined fleet of 100 Royal Cork cruisers closer to next Saturday's conclusion of the O’Flynn Exhams Solicitors Autumn Regatta. The penulimate round provided an exhilarating day of sailing for all fleets with a west/south west wind…
Killorglin Woman is World Champion
Monika Dukarska of Killorglin Rowing Club won the singles title at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Plymouth. Dukarska, a student in the Tralee Institute of Technology whose family are from Poland, took bronze at the World Championships last year…
Lone Sailor Rescued in Irish Sea
At ten minutes past seven this morning, Swansea Coastguard received a call from a man out walking on the coast with his dog.  The man informed the Coastguard that he could see a yacht drifting out to sea, with torn…
Michael Bowen - RIP
Cork's boating community is mourning the loss of Michael Bowen, formerly of Union Chandlery, this weekend. The popular marine industry figure who was known throughout Ireland, died yesterday. A note on the company website this evening reads: "It is with…
On the Forum this Week
Topics on Afloat's Irish boating forum this week: In a six page thread Wicklow SC commodore Charlie Kavanagh says more help is required if a 30' mini class is to be added to the club's Round Ireland race. Courtown Sailing…
Grand Canal, Tullamore - Navigation Restrictions
Inland waterways news, we're told there's a leak between the 29th Lock, Ballycowan and the 30th Lock, Rahan, west of Tullamore, which needs to be repaired. So the water level between the 29th Lock and 30th Lock will be lowered…
Irish IRC Men Have Say in Paris
Ireland continues to punch above its weight on the IRC circuit on water and on land too. At this month's IRC Handicap Conference in Paris, a three-man Irish Cruiser Racer (ICRA) delegation prevented any further penalties on powered backstays. Powered…
Merchandise Collections for Brawn GP & Jenson Button
Whilst not strictly for sailors, the new ‘Champions’ and ‘Victory’ ranges by Henri Lloyd have been designed to celebrate Brawn GP and Jenson Button’s respective successes in winning the 2009 FIA Formula One Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships with one race…
Five Saved from Fishing Vessel Fire on Belfast Lough
Five people were rescued from the waters just outside Belfast harbour this afternoon after a fishing vessel caught fire. The vessel 'Amity' reported the fire on board the 'Bellatrix' after picking five people up from water. The crew of the ‘Amity’…
Dilleen and D'Urso Are Rowers of the Year
Lisa Dilleen and Laura D’Urso are the winner's of Afloat's inaugural Rowers of the Year for 2009. Competing as a double scull, they put Ireland on the map at the World Junior Championships in Brive in August, reaching the final…
Shannon Navigation – Clarenden Lock Refurbishment
Inland Waterways news has been told that Clarendon Lock, Knockvicar at the entrance to Lough Key, will be closed Wednesday 28th October 2009, so users may experience some intermittent interruption as work continues to refurbish the lockhouse over the coming…
Upr Lough Erne Works on Corradillar & Deryadd Moorings
Waterways Ireland have informed us that the mooring jetties, slipways and car-parks at Corradillar and Derryadd on Upper Lough Erne near Lisnaskea on the inland waterways will be closed for improvement works for approximately three weeks from Monday 26th October…
Two Rescued After Motor Vessel Dashed on Rocks
At just after 11am this morning, Holyhead Coast Guard on the Irish Sea were alerted by a mobile phone call from the skipper of a small 27–foot red hulled commercial motor vessel called ‘Jean M’ that was being dashed against…
O'Leary's New Crew Remains Secret
Dockside in Malta and Royal Cork's Peter O'Leary was preparing for October's Middle Sea Race. The Mediterranean is a long way from home but O'Leary's thoughts are not far from London 2012. His plans for a second appearance at an…
Watson Sails Launches Boat Optimisation Service
Dublin's Philip Watson, one of Ireland's most experienced sailmakers, has broadened his professional horizons by offering a new boat optimisation service. A lifelong and experienced sailor, his time in performance sailing has made him an acknowledged expert in squeezing that…
Water Safety Body Warns on Weather
With gales, changeable and inclement weather expected over the weekend, Irish Water Safety is reminding boaters of the importance of taking a good weather forecast and to factor this in to their plans accordingly. In addition we wish to remind…
Performance Eyewear from Henri Lloyd
Henri Lloyd has entered into the performance eyewear market with a highly developed range of lightweight sunglasses using Hydrophobic technology, specifically designed for the racing sailor. Have a look over the fold at the Quantum – which Henri Lloyd claims…
Dublin Lord Mayor Welcomes End of Strike
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Emer Costello, has welcomed the end of the fifteen week long MTL strike at Dublin Port. The Company, Peel Holdings, has agreed to the Labour Court recommendations on job retention and redundancies. A meeting…
Everything maritime on Seascapes!
For the first time, the Chairman of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) talks to Tom MacSweeney about safety at sea – a matter close to all our hearts. And, as usual, Tom and his crew on Seascapes (Friday, 23rd…

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